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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "Republic of South Sudan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:51:51 -0800
Subject: Contractors/ Suppliers is Needed

Office of the President
Directorate of General Information,
Presidential Building secretariat
Government of Republic of South Sudan
Headquarters, Juba South Sudan.
Dear Sir,
The Government of Republic of South Sudan formally advertise and invites reputable and interested person(s), companies with relevant experience and evidence of performance for the procurement/supply of the various goods/equipments and turnkey projects specified below which are the Government of South Sudan 2016 Priority in line with the planned Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Equipment Exercise adopted by the Government in implantation of the Peace Agreement signed in August 2015.
Ref.01 - Truck, Car, SUV, Bus
Ref.02 - Agriculture/ Forestry Machinery & Utility Equipments
Ref.03 - Earth Moving & Construction Equipments, Cranes
Ref.04 - Generating sets (Generator) & Electrification Equipments.
Ref.05 - Constructions of Road, Buildings & Infrastructural Developments
Ref.06 - Constructions of Power Plant, Refineries, Cement Plant, Water Project.
Application for Expression of Interest, with your contact information stating clearly the REF(s) from the above listed Refs which your company can tender for should be forwarded by email only and addressed to
Office of the President
The Director of Procurement
Government of Republic of South Sudan
Headquarters, Juba South Sudan
E- mail:
All submissions must be received not later than 12 weeks from the date of this publication.
I) This is not an offer letter. Full tendering procedure will be applied to Contractors pre-qualified and found capable of executing contract based on any of the chosen REF(s).
II) Only Successful person/company will be contacted for the contract conditions.
III) Nothing in the advert shall be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of the Government of South Sudan.
Thank you for your understanding.
Mr. Paul Lako
For: Director General of Information
Government of Republic of South Sudan

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